Circular economy

New generation of sustainable batteries in Europe

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Today marks the start of a new German-funded R&D project, for a European target market but with global outreach. It is designed to develop core data specifications, technical standards and dissemination for the fulfillment of the ‘EU battery passport’. The project, named Battery Pass, will provide the foundations of an interoperable, open standard, scalable data platform, and provide the basis for the rapid development of a battery passport and its market implementation. The Battery Pass will empower Europe to become a leader in the digitalization of the battery supply chain and electromobility, making a unique contribution to climate protection, social responsibility, energy and the circular economy. This will significantly transform the energy sector and increase its resource independence and competitiveness. The project consortium, which also features Fraunhofer IPK as well as German world-class leaders and market drivers from industry and science, will furthermore support the European Union in its ambition to enable digital product passports and drive circular life-cycle management of traction batteries, thus helping to achieve the goals of the EU’s strategy Fit for 55 strategy and the UN Global Goals. “With the battery passport, we are creating an important basis for a circular economy and making a significant contribution to supporting the mobility transition and reconciling economic considerations with the maxims of resource efficiency, sustainability and environmental compatibility", says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl, deputy director of Fraunhofer IPK and expert for sustainable corporate management.